Wednesday, 23 September 2009

NSW students tear through 40TB a month - Networking - Technology - News -

Hungry for bandwidth even with filters turned on.

Interesting interview with Stephen Wilson, CIO Department of Education.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

More about Using Wikis in Teaching

Wikis in the classroom offers a series of tips for using wikis in teaching and learning. At the moment, there are ten interesting ways to look at.

More Tips for Better Blogging

Educating for Digital Citizenship

Some additional sites to explore:

Sites reviewed by
Hector's World
A new cyberbullying episode of Hector's World has been launched by the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Hector's World is the ACMA's flagship program for young children aged 2 to 10 years. It explores a range of online issues including protecting personal information and now, cyberbullying.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

ReadWriteWeb's Top 5 Web Trends of 2009

ReadWriteWeb's Top 5 Web Trends of 2009:

"Last week we ran a series of posts outlining the 5 biggest Internet trends of this year: Structured Data, Real-Time Web, Personalization, Mobile Web / Augmented Reality, Internet of Things. Effectively this was ReadWriteWeb's State of the Web 2009.

We've now compiled the main points into a single presentation, available on Slideshare and embedded below. You can view the presentation in full screen by clicking the 'full' button at the bottom of the presentation."

Those who like to be "on trend" will enjoy this RWW update.

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Check out this interesting graphic via Jane Hart.

Of more interest would be:

How much of what is written or displayed on the interest would be worth reading?

Off the top of my head as someone who works daily with a wide variety of websites in diverse content, service and product categories, I would suggest too little is reputable or authoritative enough for use by the education industry.

Just thinking ...

Friday, 11 September 2009

Students registering to use web2.0 tools at school

What are the issues and concerns?

After a quick think, I came up with an initial list to use when assessing a website that requires students to create accounts to access functionality.

  • Is the website, service or product directly related to the education market?
  • What are the risks? What can be done to eliminate or control those risks? Risks will include: duty of care, communication, information sharing ...
  • Terms of Use, Service and privacy statements of the product
  • Age of students. There are often statements about 13+ and 18+
  • Nature of information required to create an account
  • Controversial Issues in NSW public schools and other relevant DET Policy.
  • Is there any sorted or unsorted mature or adult content available on the site. Media rating and student viewing regulations to to be understood.
  • How toxic or disruptive is the advertising on the site?
Just a starting point ...